Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Bots and gadgets/Create HotCat-like functionality for stub templates

Create HotCat-like functionality for stub templates

  • Problem: Stub editing can be a very repetitive process
  • Who would benefit: Anyone who patrols and categorizes stubs
  • Proposed solution: Extend HotCat functionality to allow for adding stub templates or more specific stub templates
  • More comments: I've been using a nice script located here, but the tool is (understandably) not as slick as HotCat. It would be of great help if HotCat could be extended to easily add and remove stub templates. I already made a request for this on the HotCat talk page.
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  • Proposer: Furicorn (talk) 11:10, 6 November 2018 (UTC)


  • Have you asked at the HotCat page to see if they will consider this change? --Izno (talk) 19:04, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
    • Yes as I mentioned in the "More Comments" section, I already requested it at the HotCat talk page, but have received no response. -Furicorn (talk) 19:06, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Furicorn Hi! I renamed this proposal to clarify the ask. We will not necessarily extend HotCat but we can make a similar (or better!) feature to do the same thing. I hope that's okay. Thank you. -- NKohli (WMF) (talk) 19:05, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
    • @NKohli (WMF): I'm totally fine with a new tool that does the same thing, I hadn't even considered that as a possibility. An excellent clarification. -Furicorn (talk) 05:34, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
  • @Furicorn: There is already this tool: Stub tag tab. Does that solve it for you? There might be other relevant tools listed at w:en:WP:WikiProject_Stub_sorting. Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 19:06, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
    • @Quiddity (WMF): Thanks for pointing me to that Userscript list page, lots of good stuff to review there! The usability for that particular script is unfortunately very low. One great thing is that it pops up at the top of the page. However, since it summons the entire stub list tree as you move deeper, it get very long and make it difficult to locate a stub. Contrast with HotCat functionality, which allows you to type in a category, and the search will dynamically drill down to a category. I currently use this one w:en:User:Danski454/stubsearch which has search and allows me to replace stubs using the tool, but I really want the HotCat functionality where you can click on a (+) or (-). I think I would want the tool to (1a) make stub templates appear at the top, (1b) with (+) or (-) and (2) have a search function similar to Danski454's script, but maybe with the popup menu UI style like HotCat's. I am a little loopy right now, so apologies if this is unclear. -Furicorn (talk) 05:34, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Stub templates should die, and articles given tracking categories according to number of codepoints in content text. — Jeblad 08:18, 18 November 2018 (UTC)